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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Dear Tate


Tate,
Today you are six.  I can hardly believe it.  We are 1/3 of the way done with your childhood.  I am so excited for you, but in a way I am also in mourning for myself.  Your baby days have been gone for a long time, your toddler time is also long gone, but I’m just getting over the fact that you aren’t even a preschooler anymore.  You’re now a boy. 

Just in the past couple of months I’ve watched you dive into boyhood.  You learned how to ride a two-wheeled bike, you’re learning to read, you play baseball better than anyone I’ve ever seen at your age.  You’re learning Spanish, memorizing Bible verses, learning to write and tell jokes.  I love listening to you talk, although sometimes I (ashamedly) forget that you’re old enough to have preferences and favorites…I guess a part of me wants to keep you in the baby stage where I get to do life for you.  I am sorry about that.  I love the boy you are and I love seeing you develop confidence in who God has created you to be and I am deeply sorry if I ever get in the way of that. 

Some things about five…you love cheetahs, the color red (and blue), the movie Cars (more than Cars 2 because Cars one has more racing), the Mariners and anything baseball related, Wild Kratts, Bernstain Bears, spinach, carrots and most kinds of meat.  Just the other day you ate a bunch of gallo pinto and you were so proud of yourself.  You went around to every boy at the table flexing your bicep to show them how strong the beans made you.

I am in awe of how quickly you’ve adjusted to life in Nicaragua.  It was a rough first month but you made it and now you are thriving.  I love listening to you speak in Spanish and I love hearing you make jokes.

I really believe this will be a great year for you.  I am excited to see how you develop and grow into the person God has called you to be.  Tate, I love you more and more each day, and I am so proud to be your mom.  You are the apple of my eye, the exclamation point in my sentence and the sprinkles on my sundae.  Life with you is always black and white-never gray! You are a wonderful, sensitive and compassionate little boy and I am so proud to call you my own.  Keep seeking after God, my love.  He loves you more than I can even express, and I am so thankful that he chose to lend you to us. 

I love you, Tate.  I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Love,
Mom 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Off Again

Again, I have let too long to by without an update.

So, what's been going on the Stearns' house?

Well...

  • We move out of our house in a little less than a month.  That's terrifying and exciting. 
  • I subbed at Tate's school one day a week ago.  It was really fun to see him in that environment!
  • I was sick for about 10 days with a nasty cold.  My voice was very low and raspy.  LT W called it my old man voice. 
  • We went white water rafting for the first time!  My dad won a trip at an auction so it was freeeeeee for us.  That's the perfect price on our unemployment budget. 
  • We have loads of stuff sitting in the garage, ready for our next garage sale. 
  • I got rid of five boxes of memories/memorabilia.  It was bittersweet. 
  • This weekend LT W is going to San Diego with the Navy, so I am in Snohomish.  I'm going to a wedding, Sesame Street Live and when LT W gets back, we're heading to the Mariner's game (free tickets, a total blessing!)
That's pretty much where we are these days.  I wish I could kick the last of this cold, but it's happy hanging on.  

We do have some pretty exciting news Nicaragua wise.  CLICK HERE to check out what's going on!

Happy Friday!

Peace and love, 
Jenni 


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Doin' it!

It's May 2nd.

I haven't been so great about working out, but I have worked out twice this week.  At least it's something.

And as far as getting dressed and being productive, I've been doing that well!  I have gotten dressed and put on makeup every day this week *taking a bow*  I know, I know.  Amazing.

We watched Madagascar this weekend.  It was hilarious and I loved it.  On the way home (we stayed at the beach this weekend with some great friends) I thought it would be fun to look into seeing Madagascar 2.  I looked on Amazon and saw that it was $2.99 to rent.  It was worth it to me, but I thought it would be cool to find it for free.

I went to Amazon and saw a deal and took advantage of it, and I got a $3 movie credit.  I love it when God does that, gives you something you don't need, but something you'd like and think your kids will enjoy!

Anyway, we went to the zoo today and had fun.  We all had fun.

If you're interested, www.livelovenicaragua.com is our website for what we're doing in Nicaragua.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dressing up a bit


I've never been a "have it all together-looking" kind of gal. 

Many days, the picture above is as good as it gets.  
Seriously. 

I'm not good at getting regular hair cuts, and I am even worse at regularly wearing makeup. 

And to be completely honest, I'm OK with that. 

But. 

I'm going to try and change a bit. 

Not that I'm going to get any more high maintenance, but I think that perhaps if I get up and put on more than a tank top and sweatshirt I will be more productive. 

Productivity is going to be necessary in the coming weeks, as we're moving forward with our upcoming international move.  And lately as I've been struggling with a bit of anxiety also, I think it's a good time to make sure that I'm "up and at 'em" so to speak. 

So, to that end, I'm going to attempt to actually do more than just a pony tail in my hair every day in May. 

I will put on make up 5 days out of 7. 

I will work out for three days, then take a day off. 

I will be productive. 



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Black Mambas.

Even before today I really didn't like snakes.  Now that they are impeding my ability to sleep I am prone toward hatred. 


Tate studied snakes in school today.  Now he is officially terrified of them.  More specifically, terrified of Black Mambas.  The fear isn't rational, and struggling with anxiety myself I can totally relate to that.  Regardless of how many maps we look at and how many official sites we find talking about the natural habitat of the snakes, Tate is still terrified. 

You see, anxiety isn't based in reality, it's based on a sliver of truth.  When struggling with anxiety you start brushing the truth aside for 'what ifs' and it's all downhill from there. 

Anyway, back to tonight.  I have the dogs sleeping with Tate.  Small dogs are excellent at killing snakes.  Tate knows this.  He's still terrified.  

Adding to the fun, Tate can't pronounce "Black Mamba".  He says instead, "Black MAMA."  This is particularly concerning when he utters phrases like, "I really don't like Black Mambas" or something similar.  You get the idea.  We probably won't be leaving the house until this is under control.  However, you're welcome to visit. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Opening Day 2012







We love this tradition and will certainly miss it.  We are brainstorming ways to make Opening Day special next year when we won't be able to go to Safeco.  At this point the ideas have included making our own garlic fries, watching the game online and wearing all of our M's gear.  We'll have to take a picture in some other location, so I'll be scouting that out early on...I want to find some place that we can go every year for the pic.

Theo started puking early the next morning.  I think it may have been due to him rolling around on the ground under the chairs at the ballpark.  Our Parenting of the Year Nomination came when LT W turned to me and said, "Do you think we should make him get up off the floor?"  I responded, "Well, I'm sure we should but he's playing so nicely down there I'd rather just let him play. What do you think?"  After pondering a moment, LT W said, "It's the cleanest it's going to be all year, so we might as well just let him play."

The Mariners lost, which was a bummer.  We did get to see Erasmo Ramirez introduced so that was awesome!  (He's a rookie pitcher from Nicaragua).  Tate has decided that he's going to write to Erasmo and Felix in Spanish and he is very excited about it.  So far he has a couple of pictures he's colored ready to send.

Happy Baseball Season!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Back to Routines

Spring Break is over.  It was so much fun, I felt like I was able to find the balance between getting stuff done but still having fun and relaxing.  I tend to be an extreme personality, so one or the other is easy for me but both is really difficult.

In order to make it happen I made a list of what I wanted to accomplish, made a list for the boys (they got to pick a chore out of a hat.  My goal was to have them to it everyday and it ended up being three days out of five, so eh...) and a list for Mark.  We each worked from our list to get our stuff done.  I think just about everything ended up getting done.

I also made sure to be flexible.  We didn't originally plan to go to Pump it Up with friends, but since the opportunity presented itself I decided to go.  This is so not me, usually I'm a plan and go kind of girl, but I thought it sounded fun so I allowed myself the flexibility.  It was wonderful and I hope that I can continue to allow this flexibility in my life.

Another thing we focused on was having fun at home.  This is also where the chores came in.  The boys would do their chores so that friends could come over and have fun.  It wasn't a 100% solution to end the whining/complaining, but it was encouraging that the boys were able to grasp and complete project so that we could have friends over.

We had a family movie night where we watched Puss in Boots.  Theo called it "Piss on Boots" which cracked us up.  He has no idea it was inappropriate, but he did notice that it got a lot of laughs, so we'll need to be careful about that.  He'll do anything for attention!

So that was that.  Spring break was awesome, and I hope to be able to duplicate it next year.  Now we're back to the regularly scheduled programing.  I hope your Spring break was/is/will be awesome!